5IVE vs BSB

[TV HITS - September '98 AUS ISSUE]

There's nothing we love more than a band battle! In one corner are hotshot newcomers 5IVE, and in the other corner, the reigning champs Backstreet Boys! Let's get ready to rock!

5ive
Number of Members:
There's five lads…just don't ever call them boys!
Who Are They?
Richard Neville, 19, Richard Abidin Breen, 19, Sean Conlon, 17, Scott Robinson, 18, and Jason Brown, 22.
Where Are They From?
England.
How Did They Get Together?
The guys answered an advertisement in a newspaper which was placed by Chris and Bob Herbert, the masterminds behind the Spice Girls! At the audition, they were selected from over 3000 hopefuls. Before they became famous, people called them the Spice Boys, but that's changed now that they're important!
What Do They Sing?
The absolutely wicked "When The Lights Go Out", of course! This song is breaking records all over the world and is taking the charts by storm! Right now, 5ive are one of the hottest bands in the world! And their next single "Got The Feelin'" is hot, damn hot!
How Did They Get Their Name?
Duh! This is not a trick question - there's five of them, silly!
Did You Know? vIf these funky lads stood on top of each other's heads, they'd be a whopping 8.84 meters tall! But they're still shorter than the Backstreet Boys, who come in at a huge 8.92 meters!
Weird Fan Story!
A girl once turned up outside their record company with a toad in a chip packet! When the guys asked her why she did it, she said "I brought it to you because I was lonely!" Hmmm…that's what we call strange! Luckily, the girls who camp outside their house every day haven't got the same idea!
Babe Appeal!
Abs is the only 5IVEster with a girlfriend - she's UK star Danielle Brent from the soap Hollyoaks - so most of these boys (er. lads) are available! They're all big hunks, but we reckon you can't go past Rich in the romance stakes! Not only is he a babe, but he once borrowed $600 from his mum so he could treat a girl to flowers, chocolates and a candlelit dinner in a posh restaurant. Whatta guy!
Are They Just Another Boy Band?
If you value your safety do not, repeat, do not, call these guys a "boy band"! "I prefer to think of us as a lads band," Sean says, "So many boy bands dress the same - like they're in school uniform!" Scott says that's what makes them different from bands like the Backstreet Boys. "We don't get told what to wear and what to say, y'know?" We get the message, lads! But what's this? J once said "If I had to be in another band, I guess it could be the Backstreet Boys." Friendly rivalry, anyone?
Will They Be Bigger Than The Backstreet Boys?
These young upstarts are giving Backstreet a run for their money! They've got the songs and the looks, but will they last? Only time will tell...



Backstreet Boys
Number of Members:
5ive all singin', all-dancin' guys!
Who Are They?
Nick Carter, 18, AJ McLean, 20, Howie Dorough, 24, Kevin Richardson, 26, and Brian Littrell, 23.
Where Are They From?
Florida, USA
How Did They Get Together?
The group was formed when Kevin moved to Florida and met up with Nick, Howie and AJ. They were instant friends and boy, could they sing! They knew they had something special, but were missing something, so Kevin decided to give his cousin Brian a call, and that's how the Backstreet Boys were born!
What Do They Sing?
Hello? Planet Earth calling - is there anybody there? Even if you're not a Backstreet fan, we bet you'd be able to sing along to awesome hits like "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)", "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "All I Have To Give" to name a few!
How Did They Get Their Name?
The boys took their name from an open air hangout in Florida called the "Backstreet Market"!
Did You Know?
AJ's mum Denise looks after all the band's publicity! These guys like to keep things in the family - not only did the guys ask Nick's younger brother Aaron to open for them on some of their shows, but Aaron's career is managed by their mum. You go, Mrs Carter!
Weird Fan Stories!
"One time we came on stage and Nick said 'My house is in the audience!' We were all really confused and looked out into the crowd to see a little girl with a cardboard cut-out of Nick's house! It was pretty weird!" says Brian. "There was another time when two girls broke into the venue, climbed over a barbed wire fence and ripped their clothes to pieces! Then they were sitting in our dressing room waiting for us!"
Babe Appeal!
They're all spunks, but it's cute Nick who sets hearts racing! He's so popular that some girls throw their undies at him when he's on stage. Ewww! But he doesn't get all the attention - two girls once paid an whooping $5000 each at an auction just for the chance to have dinner with Howie! (We think undies are cheaper!)
Are They Just Another Boy Band?
What do you mean? These guys are the originals! Even though they're pop wizards with mad voices, some people still think they're fakes - that the real talent lies elsewhere. We won't hear of that! The guys are so modest they can't even be bothered replying. As Kevin says, "We've come to learn that you can't please everybody. We're five guys who love to sing. The five of us believe destiny has brought us together and we all strongly feel we're touching people's lives with our music." Right on!
Will 5IVE take their title as world's biggest boy band?
If 5IVE think they're gonna be bigger than the Backstreet Boys, then boy, have they got some work to do! Let's face it, if the next BSB album is good as their old ones, 5IVE are gonna have to come up with some of the best songs ever!